Ruparelia Group leads the pack as Uganda hotels win global awards

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Aerial view of Speke Resort and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort located in Makindye Division, along the northern shores of Lake Victoria
By :

Baluku Geoffrey

Uganda won big at the 13th World Luxury Hotel Awards with resorts under the Ruparelia Group scooping Continental and Regional awards at a gala event held on Saturday, October 12th at the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel in Finland.

Speke Resort and Conference Centre was named Africa’s best Luxury Lakeside Resort in the 2019 World Luxury Hotel Awards.

“This award serves as recognition of sustained commitment to excellence in hoteliering and outstanding achievement in the international luxury hospitality industry. World Luxury Hotel Awards hereby certifies the participation of the winner in the 2019 awards and congratulates them in this accomplishment, read a certificate awarded to the winners, signed by Tanique Echardt, Executive Manager and Brandon Lourens (Chairman and CEO) of the World Luxury Hotel Awards respectively.

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, another of the Ruparelia properties was named Regional Winner, in East Africa under the category of Luxury Hotel and Conference Centre while Kabira Country Club located on Plot 63, Old Kira Road, Bukoto, won the top regional accolade in the Luxury Boutique Hotel Category.

Both, Speke Resort and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, are part of a chain of hotels owned by the Ruparelia Group. Amenities on-site include an Olympic-size infinity swimming pool, a choice of luxury apartments, cottages, at least five restaurants, bars, an equestrian center, and a gymnasium. Accommodation consists of 335 rooms, including 104 executive suites and 59 presidential suites. The marina has chauffeured and self-drive watercraft available for hire with private yachts and boats also accommodated.

Other hotels operating under the Speke brand of Ruparelia Group include Speke Apartments Wampewo and Kitante, Speke Hotel, Speke Resort Bujagali, Dolphin Suites, Forest Cottages and Bukoto Heights.

On Monday, Ruparelia Group Founder and Chairman, Sudhir Ruparelia was delighted by the news. Speaking to Africa Tembelea, Mr Ruparelia attributed the win to quality service by staff and world-class treatment of all guests at his properties.

“I thank the guests who voted for our properties in the 13th World Luxury Hotel Awards and for recognizing the services we deliver,” said Ruparelia.

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Méstil Hotel & Residences, Nsambya, Kampala

Other winners from Uganda include Mestil Hotel & Residences which won the Luxury Business Hotel award in the Country (Uganda) category; Gorilla Safari Lodge located at the boundary line of Bwindi Forest won the Luxury Eco Safari Lodge, on the African Continent with its sister property, Crater Safari Lodge located in Kibale winning the Luxury Lodge award at the regional category level.

Crater Safari Lodge Kibale

The overall 2019 World Luxury Hotel award was won by Turkey’s Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum hotel.

Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, located in Cennet Koyu, Çomça Mevkii, Turkey

-World Luxury Hotel Awards-

Established in 2006, World Luxury Hotel Awards is the world’s most prestigious and exclusive recognizing the best facilities and service excellence in the hotel industry as voted by guests, travelers and industry players alike. Over 300 000 international travelers vote each year, during a four-week period to select the winners.

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